Escape Velocity by Richard King Perkins II

If I have lived inaccessibly—
opening a donjon door
to the middle of a becalmed sea
I think is most cherished.

Dazzling flowers decay
on an oak writing table,
commanding a midwinter
coastline view.

I’ve exiled visions
of burning fields,
the exhaust and blue dissolution
wrested in vast economies.

When the dead smile,
they are looking through me
from another time,
in a slightly altered light.

Richard King Perkins II is an advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee, a Best of the Net nominee and recent finalist in The Rash Awards, Sharkpack Alchemy, Writer’s Digest and Bacopa Literary Review poetry contests.

Richard King Perkins II is an advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee, a Best of the Net nominee and recent finalist in The Rash Awards, Sharkpack Alchemy, Writer’s Digest and Bacopa Literary Review poetry contests.

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